The Preeminence of Christ
Colossians 1:15-23 ESV
 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.  For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,  he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,  if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Jesus – Highest! Greatest! Lord of All! He is the image of the invisible God – meaning when God said to man don’t create any graven images – He intended to show His true self through Jesus. Our idea or image would miss the mark. It would be terrible, but Jesus – ALL THINGS. Al things created through HIM and FOR HIM…in HIM ALL THINGS Hold Together! Wow. Paul is saying without question Jesus Christ is it. We (general public) spend so much time debating who Jesus is and if He raised from the dead, and if he was the Son of God and for Paul and the recipients of this letter IT’s NO QUESTION! Not just IT but in Charge of all of IT and Before IT and He HOLDS IT and IT is under HIS Authority. He made It and than reconciled IT through the blood on the Cross!
STABLE and STEADFAST – Not Shifting from the HOPE of the GOSPEL that you heard. That Gospel is the message for all the world to be able to face the world, face life and come away saying OH Christ fully you are everything! EVERYTHING! Thank you Jesus
May we not be teetered by the false gospels and hopes of this world.